Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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New resources will be posted as they become available, and will be displayed on the website home page for two weeks; resources will then be classified and available by subtopic. URLs for popular media items (to the extent they are available) will drop off after two weeks in an effort to avoid broken links.

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Bullied Eyewitnesses Blast Rapper's Wrongful Conviction, Join Family in Plea for New Trial (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
David Lohr
Citation (Popular Media):
Huffington Post, March 24, 2015
I-Team: Man Says He Was Wrongly Convicted Because of Ariel Castro Tsetimony (General)
Authors:
Jack Shea
Citation (Popular Media):
fox8.com, March 9, 2015
Supreme Court Turns Away Appeal of Wrongfully Convicted Louisiana Men Who Sought Damages (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
U.S. News & World Report, March 23, 2015
Man Gets $1 Million for 39 Years in Prison On Wrongful Conviction: Justice? (General)
Authors:
John Luciew
Citation (Popular Media):
Pennlive.com, March 20, 2015
Wrongful Conviction Leads to Record $20 Million Settlement (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Esther Castillejo
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Sun Times, March 20, 2015
Chile Bye: Black Man Wrongfully Convicted Only Gets $2 Million, Served 40 Years (General)
Authors:
Yvette Caslin
Citation (Popular Media):
Controlling, March 22, 2015
3rd Man Claims Wrongful Conviction in Killing of Rockford Boy DeMarcus Hansom (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jeff Kolkey
Citation (Popular Media):
rrstar.com, March 19, 2015
Juan Rivera Wins Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement in U.S. History (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Paul Meincke
Citation (Popular Media):
abc7chicago.com, March 20, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man to Get $1 Million (General)
Authors:
Mark GIllispie
Citation (Popular Media):
Columbus Dispatch, March 20, 2015
Angel Gonzles, Illinois Man Exonerated in 1994 Rape, Goes Free (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Suzanne Gamboa
Citation (Popular Media):
NBCnews.com, March 11, 2015
After 30 Years on Death Row, Wrongfully-Convicted Man Fights State for Money (General)
Authors:
Mike Perlstein
Citation (Popular Media):
http://www.wwltv.com/longform/news/local/investigations/mike-perlstein/2015/03/12/glenn-ford-death-sentence-angola/70245408/
Jefferson Parrish Man Wins Deal for Wrongful Conviction But is Once Again a Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Case (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Jim Mustian
Citation (Popular Media):
New Orleans Advocate
Reginald Adams, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Cleared for State Compensation. (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Jonathan Bullington
Citation (Popular Media):
The Times-Picayune, March 17, 2015